MVRDV's eco-efficient pushed slab office building completed in paris
 
MVRDV's eco-efficient pushed slab office building completed in paris MVRDV's eco-efficient pushed slab office building completed in paris
nov 26, 2014

MVRDV's eco-efficient pushed slab office building completed in paris


MVRDV’s eco-efficient pushed slab office building completed in paris

photo © philippe ruault
all images courtesy of MVRDV

 

 

 

as the first realized structure in the ZAC gare de rungis ‘eco-quarter’ in paris’ 13th arrondissement, architecture practice MVRDV and developer ICADE promotion tertiaire have completed the office building known as, ‘pushed slab’. the 19,000 square meter facility’s design is centered around a desire for reduced energy consumption, a concept which is aided by an intended generation of approximately 90 MW/year from an array of 264 photovoltaic panels on the roof. the building expresses its seven individual floor levels, which each bend or curl in separate forms at the mass’ center to create outdoor terraces facing a courtyard void.

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the mid-level floors are removed at the center of the structure to create an outdoor void
photo © philippe ruault

 

 

 

‘pushed slab’ negotiates a site located between two dissimilar urban grids; a dense network of city blocks extends on the north while a looser fabric to the south features a clearly legible infrastructural elements. beyond meeting energy requirements and programmatic necessities of the brief, the structure incorporates a number of outdoor terraces and a garden in order to create a more enjoyable work area. the office facility has been acquired by the company banque populaire rives de paris, but is capable of accommodating multiple tenants at a time.

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the building expresses its seven individual floor levels, which each bend or curl in separate forms
photo © philippe ruault

 

 

 

the curving motion of the stacked floor levels suggest the slabs have been bent until breaking, and thus produce a large covered courtyard at the center. beyond serving as a communal space for employees, the building void was included to preserve a view through the site to an adjacent historic building.

 

see designboom’s previous coverage of ‘pushed slab’ here, when its design was initially revealed.

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the structure’s central void preserves a view of an adjacent historic building
photo © philippe ruault

 

 

 

to express the building’s intentions, winy maas, architect and founding partner of MVRDV, states, ”pushed slab’ is an exemplary combination of high energy efficiency, economic reality and architectural quality. this emerged from an ambitious client, ICADE, and a city with a long term vision. the added demand of a preserved view line gave the project its exciting shape, it now respects the surrounding neighbors and it opens up its heart for a collective meaning.’

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photo © philippe ruault

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the building’s central void is composed of outdoor terraces
photo © philippe ruault

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the façades express horizontal banding alternating between glass and wood
photo © philippe ruault

mvrdv pushed slab paris designboom
photo © philippe ruault

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sectional building diagram with environmental strategies

 

 

 

project info:

 

location: paris, france
year: 2010-2014
client: ICADE
MVRDV team: winy maas, jacob van rijs and nathalie de vries with 
frans de witte, bertrand schippan, catherine drieux, victor perez, delphine borg, billy guidoni

co-architect: north by north west
services: ICADE ARCOBA (saint denis)
advisor security: casso
structure: terrel
economy: vanguard
sustainability: alto
acoustics: AVLS
kitchen: spooms
geotechnique: fugro geotechnique
photography: philippe ruault

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